FY 2023-2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program [Mid-Career Training in the United States of America] (Deadline: July 18, 2022)

By April 26, 2022 Fulbright Programs

Application Deadline: July 18, 2022

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

We are pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright Program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate level study, leadership development and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. Fellows are nominated based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Primary funding for the Humphrey program is provided by the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from its Congressional appropriation for exchanges.

The Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where the program’s freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. Approximately 13 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. Each institution is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants. Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. In addition, faculty advisors also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.

Some of the professional enrichment activities Humphrey Fellows will embark on include professional visits, conferences, training programs and a professional affiliation (work attachment). The professional affiliation provides first-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of 6 weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan for practical professional activities carefully geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.

Fellowships are granted competitively in the following fields:

Human and Institutional Development:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Finance and Banking
  3. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  4. Technology Policy and Management
  5. Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  1. Communications/Journalism
  2. International Religious Freedom
  3. Law and Human Rights
  4. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Natural Resources, Environmental and Climate Change
  3. Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  1. Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  2. Public Health Policy and Management
  3. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  4. Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  5. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  6. Higher Education Administration
  7. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Note on Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention field: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which provides some co-funding to work with Humphrey Fellows in the field of substance abuse. Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research.

The university programs do not address themselves to the scientific or technical aspects of these fields, but rather to the broad policy-making and problem-solving issues. Emphasis is placed on practical knowledge that will be directly useful to Fellows upon return to their countries.


Applicants must be Malaysian citizens. The Humphrey Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of men and women who will make contributions to their communities as well as their professional fields. Humphrey Fellowship nominees should be individuals working in either the public or private sector with demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to public service and have assurances of reemployment upon their return home. Applicants should be at a level in their careers at which they will receive maximum benefit from a year’s study in the United States, limited or no prior experience in the United States and have strong English skills.

Prospective fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience (prior to August 2023) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspect of their field of specialization.

In addition:

  • Candidates should be in good health.
  • Must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study in order to qualify for admission to U.S. programs of graduate study.
  • Candidates must be willing to share their knowledge of Malaysia with social, civic and other groups while in the United States.
  • Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71 iBT. All nominees should take their language test between May and September 2022.
  • Candidates should demonstrate the required experience, skills and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Program.
  • Candidates should exhibit a commitment to return home after their Fellowship for at least two years to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to assist their community and the country.
  • Be physically present in Malaysia at the time of the interview

Technically ineligible candidates:

  • Recent university graduates (even with significant positions).
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse, Education, Prevention, and Treatment and teaching of English as a Foreign Language).
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic or more during the seven years prior to August 2022.
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2022.


Funds for The Humphrey Fellowship includes international travel; tuition, fees and  books; as well as a monthly maintenance stipend for one full academic year. Limited funds are available for professional development enrichment activities such as attendance at conferences and field trips, and a subsidy for the purchase of a laptop computer. The Humphrey Fellowship stipend does not include an additional allowance for dependents.


This program seeks applicants whose writing achieves the highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism. Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participating in the program.

Plagiarism will be understood to include any of the following:
Presenting wording, statistics or concepts as your own which should be attributed to someone else or to publications (online or offline). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying the exact wording of a written source
  • Presenting material with alterations in wording
  • Paraphrasing the content of a source without citation

It is expected that your application will be your own work and writing, with a clear citation of secondary sources if describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work). Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be clearly cited.


  1. Provide specific examples of your leadership skills and clearly laid out your ability to effect change upon returning home.
  2. Clearly articulate your plan for the future and for your Humphrey Fellowship.
  3. Be specific on the projects that you plan to work on and people that you want to work at host institutions, etc.
  4. Show your preparedness for the program.


To apply for this award, please click here to complete the online application and provide all the required documents.  

Tentative interview date: Early September 2022 and candidates are expected to begin their fellowships in the U.S. in August 2023.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. For inquiry, please contact Kalis/ Karen  at 03-2166 8878 or email: Fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my